DIG magazine asked me to photograph Michael Clayton while he signed his new book, Chasing My Rookie Year. Part of what makes magazine shoots so much fun is the occasional local or national celebrity I get to meet and capture with my camera. I was also asked to take a quick portrait.
Technical info for photo geeks! : The lighting inside the campus Barnes&Noble wasn't great, so I used one off-camera speedlight to add some flare to these photos. Michael only had about 5 minutes to pose in between an interview and the start time for his book signing. I scoped out some different angles in the store and right outside. I liked the big "Forever LSU" sign, and thought it was pretty fitting for an accomplished LSU alumni. For the posed photos I used my 24-70L lens and shot wide while crouching down low to get the LSU logo in the background where I wanted it. I had found the exact angle I wanted before Michael was out of his interview, so that when he was ready to be photographed I could just lead him to the spot and get straight to producing good images. I changed the angle of the flash from front-lit to side-lit to get some variation for the magazine. I try to keep the speedlight as close to the subject as possible, usually a few feet, to help soften the light some.
For the actual book signing I placed one speedlight about 5 feet to the side and 5 feet above Michael to create some contrast and interesting shadows. I didn't want to bother everyone with the flash going off too much. So I chose my angles wisely, took about 10 shots until I was happy with what I had, then I said good bye ;)